Sometimes people will ask about a loved one who has died; they want to know if that person is in heaven. I don't say anything about one who has passed on other then they are in the hands of God who who judge them according to His word. Rev 20:12. Acts 17:30-31. And that the Bible teaches those who obey the word of God will be saved. Matt 7:21 and those who don't obey the word of God will be lost. 2 Thess 1:6-10.
Even at funerals some preachers will get up and pronoun the person in the coffin "is walking the streets of heaven with Jesus." Now they don't know that for sure, all they are doing is talking a good game trying to make the grieving family feel better. It certainly is our hope that the departed is safe in the arms of Jesus, but we here on earth don?t know that and we need to keep our mouths shut when it comes such and leave that up to the Lord. Matt 25: 34: 41
We can talk about the good things we remember about the person, comfort and aid the living and also warn the living by the teaching of the gospel, but leave it at that. Heb 4:9-13.
"Thou shalt not murder" is a command God gave man during the Patriarch age. Gen 4:8-15. Gen 9:1-6. No person has the right to premeditate and take lives because all souls belong to the Lord. Ezk 18:4. Dealing with murder is to be solved in two ways. By the courts and by God Himself at the Judgment Day. Eccl 12:14. 2 Cor 5:10. Acts 25:11. Rom 13:1-5. 1 Peter 2:13-15. John 19:1-16. Murderers need to die, but when the court fails to use the power the Lord has ordained to it; killers become bolder. Eccl 8:11.
If a murderer name Jack is executed; he is deterred. Jack will never kill again. The death penalty is a deterrence to the one who is guilty and if another person named Tom didn't learn from the execution of Jack and he becomes a killer. Tom must suffer the same fate and he too won?t be able to kill a second person and both Tom and Jack are deterred.
If a robber named Ben is sentenced to ten years in prison for robbing a bank. Ben is deterred! For Ben won?t be able to rob a bank while in jail. And if a person name Fred didn't learn from what happen to Ben and goes out and robs a bank as well; let the same fate be imposed on Fred and he too will be deterred for ten years. Matt 5:26.
Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord. “Half of my possessions, I shall give to the poor and if I have scammed anything from anyone, I shall repay it four times over.” Luke 19.8
You just read the words of a contrite man. He confessed to the Lord Jesus Christ of his intentions to make restitution for his sins.
Restitution is good for man; it causes him to make good for damage that has been done to others. It is cold and heartless to damage someone, change their life for the worst and just walk away like nothing has happen.
Yet, many evil people do that. Such uncaring attitudes cannot exist any longer. If one does wrong to another, he needs to make good on the damage. God wants men to enhance each other; not tear each other down by making life miserable for their helpless victims.
If you have caused damage to another, do the right thing. Go and repair that damage. And the most important thing is never cause hardship in the first place.
A funeral took place this past week and there was a 60 year old man lying in a casket for all to see. The funeral parlor did a very good job making the man appear to be at peace as he lay there. Many people told of good times with the gentleman and how he loved his family, telling jokes, cooking, and going to the shore etc. All of that is probably true for there?s no need to think otherwise. However, I would like to remind us that a body lying in a coffin is just that, a body in a coffin. The soul of the deceased lives on. Matt 10:28. The works that a person did in life, follow into the hereafter and it is there that men will be judged based on what the works are. Rev 14:13. Luke 16:25. 2 Cor 5:10.
A selfish person will have his selfish works in tow as he stands before God. A murderer will have the blood of his victim clinging to him as he stands before God. An unfaithful spouse will carry adultery with him to meet the Lord. A person who uses profanity will go into judgment with every vile word spoken, already there to testify against him. Matt 12:36. etc.
Colorful speeches at funerals are interesting to hear and I suppose we should continue to hear them. But let us not forget that a funeral is an excellent time to reflect on what your works are. Anyone at a funeral can attempt to preach a person into heaven; but the final decision will be made based on a persons works.
Anger and wrath are game changers. People who flare up, throw things, curse and punch others are walking time bombs. The word of the Lord teaches that anger rests in the bosom of fools. Eccl 7:9. So when you have a fool and he is angry, you got chaos. Pro 17:12. Pro 18:7.
One of the things you learn about people after you have been around them, is do they have a temper? If they do, you best stay away. Anger not controlled has lead to wife beating, sucker punches, destruction of property and even murder. Females shouldn?t date combustible boyfriends. Motorist should do their best to avoid drivers who are volcano?s. Employers should be wary of hotheaded employees. etc. Be on the look out for wrath. If you see it, be assured that you will see it again, so take care by backing away and stay very far away. There?s no need to see anger up close. Revelations 6:17
Man has done lots of damage to his fellowman. Sexual assault, murder, fraud, gossip, adultery, etc.
Why can?t man treat other human beings as he wishes to be treated? Luke 6:31. It?s not that hard; just make up the mind and get it done. Joshua 24:15. Instead, men creates victims and I ?m talking about hundreds of them. Just look at the news, see all the people that have fallen upon hard times though the hands of another.
A victim is a person that has been eliminated or damaged by another deeds. As I write, I?m thinking about those four carjackers, who fled at a high rate of speed from the police and crashed into cars and a woman sitting on the steps of a church crushing her legs. That poor lady is now a victim of the car jackers actions. Decent people cannot speak for evil people, but good people will not create victims, they create better people. Rom 13:10
I tell people if they refuse to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ; they better make sure they begin a relationship with one who is better. But you know what? I don?t see how that is possible.
Jesus Christ was in the beginning. John 1:1-4:14-17. John 8:23. Col 1:13-20. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, sent to die on the cross to save men from sin. John 3:13-18. John 8:12. John 8:21. By the word of Jesus Christ, all men will be judged on the last day. John 12:44-50.
So, whatever one believes in, that resume better be superior to that of Christ. Acts 4:12. Rev 1:5-8. 1 John 1:1-10. Heb 13:8. John 8:56-59
An agonizing Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross, looking down at the men who were laughing at Him and He uttered these words, ?Father forgive them for they know not what they do.? Luke 23:34.
Today, we have evil people doing, thinking and saying all kinds of things that will land them in Hell after death. Heb 9:27. 2 Cor 5:10.
Long ago, the Lord God warned man not to take His name in vain. Ex 20:7.
Yet men continue to do so, by using such profane and blasphemous speech God?n!!!! or the deplorable Jesus f?ing Christ!!!
It is insane for any person to show such contempt toward the Creator.
Yet, foolish people do so, digging their own graves and lighting the fire in Hell for themselves. For every loose word, man will answer and those words will condemn or justify him. Matt 12:36-37.
On Judgment Day, Jesus will not be saying ?forgive them?. He will say ?depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.? Matt 25:41. We have a death day and a Judgment with God. Don?t take the name of the Lord in vain. If you do, you will be sorry and it will be too late. John 8:21
Time waits for no one. Eccl 1:5. Just think for a moment. One year ago, you were a year younger, which means you are now a year older. Gen 47:8-10. Five years ago, there were people you knew that were alive, but now five years later; they are dead. Eccl 1:4. This cycle of aging and dying doesn?t go away, it just keeps on claiming more victims, for none are safe from the grasp of mortality.
Which brings me to the question of preparation. Man must get ready! Far too many aren?t ready and far too many think they are ready when in reality, they aren?t. Luke 13:24-30. Matthew 25:1-30. The emperor Felix was such a man, he listened to Paul teach about Christian living and the coming Judgment and he became afraid because he knew he wasn?t ready. However, he did what we hope you don?t; he did nothing!
The question, ?what must I do to be saved?? it is mention in Acts 2:37. Acts 9:6. Acts 16:30. If you will read the scriptures in all of these cases, you will see that people accepted the message of the gospel and were baptized for the forgiveness of their sins and they afterwards walked with the Lord. Rev 2:10. You can do the same and we stand ready to help you understand what the word of God teaches so you can be saved.
A robber is a person who will burglarize property, uses a weapon or strong arm victims of their goods. Obadiah 5. Lk 12.33.39. Lk 10.30. Ex 188.8.131.52.8. John 18.40. 2 Cor 11.26. After the harm is done to the victim, the robber enjoys the fruits of his spoils and thinks about the next victim. Pro 1.1-14. But, robbers fail to understand the eyes of God are watching and He has made it very clear, the career of a robber won?t last because his works will destroy him. Pro 15.3. Pro 21.7. Psalms 94.9-11.
God has commanded man not to steal, but do honest work. Eph 4.28. Yet, we continue to see people enticed to commit robbery and even add murder to the evil actions because victims refuse to give up their goods.
Possessions belong to those who work honesty to achieve, and not to some loser who comes along pointing a weapon and demanding that they give it up. People work hard to buy their televisions, but some person breaks in and carries it off. A person works hard for their paycheck, but some person attacks him at the atm and runs off with their cash. This behavior has got to end, and it will when offenders get locked up, die, or the end of the world comes. Heb 4.13. No robbing! Get a job!